In honor of Valentine’s Day, we share the story of Paul Crowley and Katie Weber.
Crowley grew up in Austin, and when he thinks of Lady Bird Lake and the trail around it, it reminds him of home. Katie spent hours gliding up and down the river as a member of the Texas Women’s Rowing Team, and now spends hours running the trail around it while training for marathons.
They both love the trail, and it’s part of their history together.
While walking across the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge one Sunday afternoon last year, a stranger ran past and handed Katie a rose. Then someone ran by wearing a T-shirt that said “Will.” Then came “You,” and, of course, “Marry.” Paul dropped to a knee and flipped up his headband to finish the question. “Me?”
Katie said yes.
To celebrate their engagement, Paul bought two commemorative bricks at Lou Neff Point, along the Butler Trail around the lake.
The two plan to marry this September. Look for their bricks the next time you’re on the trail.
Now The Trail Foundation is offering commemorative bricks at the trailhead of the boardwalk in Lakeshore Park, just east of Interstate 35.
Three sizes are available, for donations of $250, $500 or $1,000. Money raised through brick sales will help fund Trail Foundation projects to further enhance the trail. A limited number of bricks is available.
To order one, go here.